All Testing Complete/ No Solution Found

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2009-01-15 16:13:46 -0600
Started 2009-01-14 17:45:17 -0600

The tilt table test was actually very mild and not much of a problem. They did not tilt me every which way like I thought they would do. They had told me to skip lunch and eat a light breakfast. I thought that meant I might throw up. Taking me from horizontal to vertical while monitoring my heart and BP with wires all over my chest was all the tilting they did. I had no problem when that was done but some people do and pass out or throw up. Then they injected me with a sort of adrenaline substance. My heart beat very fast but never more than 90 beats per minute. Then when they tilted me again I almost lost consciousness and failed to answer a couple of the ladies questions. I was OK after a few seconds. I was quite dizzy at that time. The cardiologist said the test showed nothing that would explain my problem. This test was the last resort to find the cause of my dizziness and occasional near blacking out when rising abruptly or looking up suddenly at the ceiling. Vertigo was also ruled out. I have been through so many tests over the last four months. The process of elimination has not produced the solution. I have no problem whild sleeping or sitting so I can drive a car. I still have to see my neurologist on the 29th of this month for the results of my MRI of my chest (possible narrowing of arteries) and my EEG (brain activity) but the people running those tests said they saw nothing abnormal. I guess I am just destined to live with this for the rest of my days. That is OK as long as it doesn't get consistently worse.

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John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-01-15 13:05:17 -0600 Report

Are you on medications for high-blood pressure? I've heard from a friend who just started taking them that dizziness is a very common side effect.

Just a thought.

Richard157 2009-01-15 16:13:46 -0600 Report

Hi John! I have taken a BP med (Altace) in the evening for many years. The dizziness I have had a long time never bothered me that much until a few months ago. My doctor concludes tha it is not the altace. there has been no increased dosage. My BP runs approximately 125/60 on the average.

I am beginning to wish I never mentioned dizziness to my doctor. Lol!

2009-01-15 12:18:51 -0600 Report

Hi Richard, I'm glad you didn't get sick from the tilt test but I'm sorry they don't know what is causing your dizziness. I've been 'dizzy' all my life so if I said that to my doctor he's say "yeah so what's your point" lol I hope the find the cause of your real dizziness soon, my 'goofy' dizziness is uncurable!! :)


2009-01-15 12:06:07 -0600 Report

Glad your back with us and your tilt test went ok. I'm sure at some point they will find out the cause of your dizziness. You have alot of friends here who are thinking of you.

Richard157 2009-01-15 10:00:40 -0600 Report

Diane, I had anemia earlier this year and took iron and vitamin B12 tablets for many months. On my last doctor visit I larned that I no longer had anemia and I stopped the pills. Then my worst dizzy spells occurred after that. Hmmm! Maybe I should get anemia again and resume the pills??? (That was a little bit of humor for our friend Meridian. LOL!)

Several friends on three sites have suggested inner ear problems. I think I will ask my doctor for a referral to an ENT. Friends have also suggested orthostatic hypertension caused by autonomic neuropathy, positional vertigo aka benign paroxysmal and morning dizziness due to my taking a BP med the night before. I am beginning to feel like a hypocondriac with all of these illnesses? HEEEEELLLLLPPP!!! LOL!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-15 10:45:19 -0600 Report

I know this is frustrating. Makes you want to scream, doesn't it? I hate when someone is unable to determine the root of their problem(s), because the "fix" can only be applied once that is known. I pray the good doctors can find you some relief very quickly.

barbiesue 2009-01-15 07:30:25 -0600 Report

Have you had your ears checked?? My mother had the same things happen to her and it was her ears. She then went deaf in one ear. Do you have any ringing in your ears? If so and they haven't checked, look into it. Just an opinion; ((HUGS))

firefightermom 2009-01-15 08:50:53 -0600 Report

so glad everything went good and that it wasn't too bad,sorry about no solution found though.How about inner ear problems? that can make you real dizzy sometimes can't it? well,glad you are good,will continue to pray for you.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-15 06:42:33 -0600 Report

Richard, your absence was very noticeable especially during the days leading up to the test. I am glad it is over and that it wasn't as bad as you had feared. Now we all expect to see some of your humor grace the pages once again very soon.

dyanne 2009-01-15 03:15:33 -0600 Report

Glad to hear the test was not so bad hope they find out what it is so they can do something for you .!!!!!
good luck and be well dyanne

Avera 2009-01-14 22:56:49 -0600 Report

Thanks For The Report!

When you mentioned your symptoms, I thought of a very rare disorder that I had when I was in my 20s. I had the exact symptoms. Mine turned out to be "Pseudo Tumor Cerebri." When you have this problem, you have the same symptoms as if you had a brain tumor but you don't have the tumor. It is amazing that what you described as your symptoms matched mine exactly. I don't have it anymore, but that is another story.

Ask your doctor if he has checked for that. You might want to even call him. Just a thought.


sparkysmom 2009-01-14 18:02:22 -0600 Report


LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-14 18:03:08 -0600 Report

Looks like a hug from a snake (LOL)!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-14 17:59:21 -0600 Report

Glad it went well. I'm sure you have been checked for anemia, since you sound as though they've done a very thorough job of checking you out. I know that I have been anemic a few times in my life, beginning as a child, and during those times I would have similar instances. The first ones as a child were terrfying to me. Hope they're able to help you soon.

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